Royston Tickner

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Royston Tickner
Roy A. Tickner

(1922-09-08)8 September 1922
Leicester, England
Died7 July 1997(1997-07-07) (aged 74)

Royston A. Tickner (8 September 1922 – 7 July 1997) was a British actor.


Born Roy A. Tickner in Leicester, a tailor's son, he trained as an actor at Scarborough repertory theatre.

He served in the Royal Navy in World War II; however, in 1942 he was touring in the southern English counties, principally in H. F. Maltby's The Rotters[1] with Frank Crawshaw and Preston Lockwood.[2] In the winter of 1942–43 he was stage manager, and took the role of Robert, in the presentation of du Maurier's Rebecca at the Ambassadors Theatre in which Eileen Herlie made her London début,[3] and then toured with the show.[4] In that spring he married Gwendoline Bonde at Leicester.[5] From 1947 he took a break from the theatre to work as a lighthouse keeper, miner, fireman and publican, before returning to acting in 1958.

Television roles[edit]

His television credits include: The Avengers, Z-Cars, Doctor Who (in the serials The Daleks' Master Plan and The Sea Devils), Gideon's Way, The Baron, King of the River, The Troubleshooters, Dixon of Dock Green, Timeslip, The Flaxton Boys, Out of the Unknown, Thorndyke, Emmerdale Farm, Porridge, Last of the Summer Wine, Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, Angels, Return of the Saint, Rogue's Rock, Secret Army, Danger UXB, George and Mildred, The Enigma Files, Kessler, Minder, Reilly, Ace of Spies, Just Good Friends and One by One.

Film roles[edit]

Film roles include Tomescu in Michael Mann's The Keep (1983), and first Colonel in Jim Goddard's Hitler's SS: Portrait in Evil (1985).


Year Title Role Notes
1964 Becket Royal Servant Uncredited
1966 Morgan – A Suitable Case for Treatment Workman Uncredited
1968 Work Is a Four-Letter Word Train Guard
1969 All Neat in Black Stockings Partygoer Uncredited
1969 Goodbye, Mr. Chips Policeman Uncredited
1969 Anne of the Thousand Days Messenger Uncredited
1982 Tangier Ted
1983 The Keep Tomescu
1985 Hitler's SS: Portrait in Evil Colonel #1 TV movie, (final film role)


  1. ^ A comedy, a hit of 1916, about a disreputable family: see Gordon Williams, British Theatre in the Great War: A Revaluation (A & C Black, 2005), pp. 159–60.
  2. ^ See, e.g., Surrey Mirror 26.i.1941 (Reigate), Sussex Express 10.iv.1942 (Imperial, Brighton), Exeter and Plymouth Gazette (Exeter Theatre Royal).
  3. ^ J.P. Wearing, The London Stage 1940-1949: A Calendar of Productions, Performers, and Personnel (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014), p. 96, item 42.178: see University of Birmingham Cadbury Research Library, XMS38 Theatre Colln., MS38/270.
  4. ^ See, e.g., Biggleswade Chronicle 15.i.1943 (Royal County Theatre, Bedford), Yorkshire Post 9.ii.1943 (Leeds).
  5. ^ Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 2nd Quarter 1943, Vol. 7a p. 793.

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